Kia ora, my name is Moana. I am a lifelong local of Wānaka and I have a passion for sustainability and protecting Papatūānuku, Mother Earth. However, this doesn’t mean I can’t have a whole heap of fun at the same time and what better place than Rhythm and Alps 2020?!
It’s no uncommon fact that festivals are rife with waste and it can often be overwhelming considering where to start when it comes to sustainability and conscious consumption. This doesn’t have to be the case. We all have a part to play in keeping our planet clean and green!
I’m here to share some tips and tricks I’ve implemented in my Rhythm and Alps experience that you can use as well to make sure you leave with a collection of awesome memories and leave behind nothing but footprints!
Let’s start with the preparation. One of my favourite parts about a festival is the chance to wear quirky, colourful and summer-y outfits. Nothing says ‘partying in Wānaka’ like a bit of shimmer and groove! Second-hand shops are the perfect way to keep things circular; Wānaka Wastebusters is my absolute favourite place to shop in town; a one-stop-shop for all things funky and fun. Locally-owned and run, ‘Wasties’ is a treasure chest for the conscious festival-goer.
It’s always tempting to pair your ‘new’ outfit with glitter, but did you know the sparkles are made from tiny pieces of plastic? This year it’s all about using face-paint instead!
The best part about Wastebusters?! At the end of it all, simply drop your stuff back to them and they’ll be more than excited to give it a new life with someone else!
If you’re choosing to camp, keep in mind that buying quality equipment is a better option in the long run. It can be all too tempting to buy a cheap tent, but the reality of that is a broken tent after day one and a pile of plastic left over. I’ve invested in gear that I know will last, meaning I’m all set for R&A next year and any other festivals or camping missions in-between! There are plenty of awesome sports and outdoors stores in Wānaka that can help you find all your camping needs. After that, second-hand will be my fall-back for anything I’m missing.
Now we’re all ready and psyched, it’s time to get to R&A! Ride-sharing and public transport are the ideal sustainable solutions for getting around. If you’re wanting to drive, make sure you carpool with your mates and fill up those seats. Be sure to check out the transport page on R&A’s site for transport instructions. If you’re planning on having a big night and don’t want to fuss with driving, Wānaka’s very own Yello Cabs provide a return bus service directly from the town centre.
My absolute go-to, for every day, not just during a festival, is a reusable water bottle. Keep one on you at all times and refill throughout the event. Multiple water stations are dispersed throughout the festival.
Say no to single-use plastic when buying food and drink and use the correct bins for your waste. A cool way to be a more sustainable party-goer is in drink choice; Part Time Rangers are a favourite of mine available at all the bars, with 10% of profits going towards animal conservation! Make a special effort to hang onto your cup and receive a discount on your next drink when you return it!
And when it comes to packing down camp and heading home, I’ll be making sure everything I brought with me, comes away with me and nothing is left behind. Anything I don’t plan on reusing will head to Wastebusters and the rest will get stored until next year! Let’s encourage our friends to do the same.
Here’s everything discussed in a more condensed list that you can refer to before hitting the road!